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01/07/2008

Transporting Your Snowmobile

Planning a winter getaway and want to bring the snowmobile along? Sold your sled on eBay and need to get it to the buyer? Sending your ski-doo out for storage in the off season? These are just a few of the many reasons you could be hiring a carrier to transport your vehicle in the near future, and if so it is important to be prepared. The following will walk you through the process of prepping a snowmobile for shipment.

-Check the Condition- Even though the chances of your snowmobile being damaged on a haul are remote, it's always a good idea to do a quick once-over before handing it to a shipping company. Make note of any existing damage and take pictures. This documentation will come in handy if you are forced to file an insurance claim. You may also briefly review this information with the handler at the point of exchange.

-Store Loose Accessories- There is nothing wrong with storing personal items in the sled's compartments, but keep in mind that the insurance probably won't cover these things if they are lost or damaged. If you do decide to leave personal items in the snowmobile, be sure that you remember to lock all compartments. Also, shipping companies will only ship stuff that fits inside the vehicle, so larger items such as helmets must be packed and transported separately.

-Keys! Keys! Keys! The keys won't be needed at any point by the carrier, but they will definitely come in handy if you plan on riding it again. Mail them separately, tie them to the handlebars or bring them separately, just don't forget them.

Most carriers do not require you to remove the battery or drain the gas tank, but you should make sure that you are clear on any additional preparation they may require.

Safe sledding!

Written by Ben Leffler of uship.com, an online marketplace for Snowmobile Shipping.